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Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Invitation. A wonderful historical read that evokes the period of the s. Rome Hal and Stella meet by chance at a glittering party hosted by the Contessa, a fundraiser for her film project. They spend the night together. Hal feels he has met someone special but to his dismay, Stella disappears as quickly as she appeared Later, the Contessa invites Hal, to be the journalist on a fabulous trip — a yacht, skimming its way along the Italian Riviera towards the Cannes film festival, for the la A wonderful historical read that evokes the period of the s.
Hal feels he has met someone special but to his dismay, Stella disappears as quickly as she appeared Later, the Contessa invites Hal, to be the journalist on a fabulous trip — a yacht, skimming its way along the Italian Riviera towards the Cannes film festival, for the launch of her new film. The guests on the yacht are the beautiful but precocious leading lady, the drunken male lead, the director, photographer and the loud American who is the sponsor for the film and his beautiful, but familiar wife I loved soaking in the vibrant feel of each destination.
So much so, it felt like a luxurious travel book. A must read. View all 16 comments. Dec 12, Bill Kupersmith rated it really liked it. But on this round the time warp was vicarious.
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The parallels are remarkable. In both an expatriate English writer exiled penuriously to a Mediterranean city has a passionate relationship with the beautiful wife of a wealthy man, a woman whose background is a mystery. And in both cases the aftermath of their affair drives the Englishman to seek solitary refuge on the other side of the Med — a Greek island for Durrell, Morocco for Foley.
So as I was currently reading The Invitation as a historical, my sixteen year old self was enjoying it as a contemporary, depicting a world he could only fantasize about ever experiencing. Also, I doubt a water-ski craft would be built of teak. Too heavy. The subplot about the 16th-century Genoese sea captain seemed both awkward and pretentious.
Some readers will surely like the ending, but I found it a bit tepid. But I must give kudos to Emma Gregory for her narration. In general she narrated in Posh English dialect, but I was so agreeably surprised by the voice she gave Stella. View 1 comment.
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Aug 14, TL marked it as dnf Shelves: goodreads-giveaways. I received this via Goodreads FirstReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I was very lucky to receive a hardback - stunning cover photo! If you are looking for a holiday from the comfort of your own home this summer, then I can highly recommend this book!
Set mainly around the Italian Riviera, this is a stunning story of romance, secret pasts, glamour and chance meetings. Some things are maybe just meant to be Hal and Stella are the two main charac I was very lucky to receive a hardback - stunning cover photo! Hal and Stella are the two main characters of this book and we follow both their stories lines, both past and present, as their paths cross. First in Rome for one night they both can't forget, and then 2 years later aboard a yacht set for Cannes.
Hal has been invited along by the Contessa as a journalist to report for a magazine on the glamourous lives of those on the yacht, and Stella is there as the wife of one of the major investors in the film. As the lost souls find each other again, the story revolves around their pasts that they seem to be unable to shake, and their futures that they both seem unsure of whether they deserve happiness. The settings described are stunning and really transports you aboard to experience the trip with all the characters. It is full of intrigue as their pasts are slowly revealed and how it has impacted on where they are heading with their lives and I found the flashbacks fascinating as they described much harder and darker times, which is the polar opposite of the wealth and glamour of the lives now.
This is the first book i've read by Lucy Foley and will definitely be looking to read more from her as I found her style of writing so evocative and appealing. Highly recommended! Glamorous and gorgeously written Having been relatively unimpressed by The Book of Lost and Found and Last Letter from Istanbul , I was dubious at first - but the temptation of the Italian Riviera was too good to resist.
In this aspect, I was certainly not disappointed.
The Mediterranean setting is wonderful and the ambience is stunning; Lucy Foley has an Glamorous and gorgeously written The Mediterranean setting is wonderful and the ambience is stunning; Lucy Foley has an exquisite talent for elegant and immersive descriptive writing. Where her work falls short for me is her plot and characterisation.
This facet of the novel is what makes it compelling. His sole function is to operate as a romantic distraction for the only vaguely interesting character in the entire novel, Stella. In short, the one dimensional characters and their romance are utterly uninspiring. A light and glamourous read, but my total lack of emotional investment undermined my enjoyment. Sep 22, KBookblogger rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites. An atmospheric, beautiful and almost bewitching novel. More than that, it is a novel which truly encapsulates the complexities of human nature.
I loved all of the different characters, especially the glamorous yet mysterious Stella and of course broken Hal who finds happiness again in loving Stella. Together they heal from their troub An atmospheric, beautiful and almost bewitching novel.ohejiripac.cf
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Together they heal from their troubled pasts and learn to enjoy life again. Overall, an exquisite tale of loss, life and finally love View 2 comments. Aug 31, Joanna Park rated it really liked it. The Invitation is definitely one of those books that takes you to another time and place. I really felt like I was travelling through post war Europe with the characters, experiencing all the sights with them. I now really hope to travel through Europe at some point and visit all the countries they did. I loved the Countessa!
I thought she was such a fantastic character, so full of life despite her age , welcoming, friendly and a tad mischievous. Her obvious care towards her guests a The Invitation is definitely one of those books that takes you to another time and place. Her obvious care towards her guests and her meddling in their lives to increase their happiness, was lovely to read about. All the characters go on a personal journey throughout the book and it was lovely to see how much they had changed towards the end.
The building relationship between Stella and Hal was brilliantly done and seemed very real. It would have been easy for the author to write the relationship a lot more like a Hollywood movie and I was very pleased that she resisted this urge and created a much more everyday relationship.
This is not to say that the relationship was boring, far from it! The many twists and turns and oppositions to their relationship kept the story very interesting. I felt intimately involved, almost like I was a friend of the couple trying to look out for them, and wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. I was very pleased with how it ended and thought it was a very appropriate ending for the book. I believe her third book, Last Letters from Istanbul is available in March and I will very much be looking forward to reading it.
If you are a fan of Victoria Hislop of Kate Morton you will very much enjoy this book. A novel I picked up randomly in the bookstore to browse as the blurb seemed interesting and then I couldn't put down and had to read it until the end late in the evenings at home. While it belongs to the "long ago" secrets sub-genre and it splits the action between the present Rome and the Ligurian coast , where the main characters meet and then go on a movie promotional trip on a yacht, he being an English expatriate, writer, journalist, though with an Italian mother and a briga A novel I picked up randomly in the bookstore to browse as the blurb seemed interesting and then I couldn't put down and had to read it until the end late in the evenings at home.
Given the above, I have to say that the book worked really, really well for me as I enjoyed everything - the prose, the characters, the description - and the ending was excellent though again I thought it would go that way despite the first pages which start the recollection of the main character a few years later Overall, a deeply personal book that worked superbly for me and the only thing I would add is to give it a try and see if it works for you too.
Aug 10, Sandra rated it it was ok Shelves: sss-setting , radio-and-journalism. This book is so conflicting. I wanted to like this book a lot. The setting is interesting, the cover is stunning, the era is interesting, but there is just too much of could have been.